United States Department of Agriculture

February 4, 2013 - 1:20am

Prompted by a scathing audit report by the Transportation Department inspector general about the ineffective implementation of its wildlife hazard plans, the FAA is analyzing comments it received on three draft advisory circulars. One of the ACs is new, but the other two are revisions of existing ACs.

September 28, 2012 - 9:53am
Canada geese

When US Airways Flight 1549 splashed down in the Hudson River in January 2009, it made Capt. Sully Sullenberger an instant folk hero and made a flock of Canada geese the miscreants.

April 30, 2012 - 4:40pm

Delta Flight 1063’s bird-strike-induced emergency at New York’s JFK airport last week, as well as US Airways Flight 1549’s splashdown in the same city’s Hudson River in 2009 after both engines flamed out due to bird ingestion, quickly became high-profile stories.

October 8, 2007 - 10:26am

Be aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has some special requirements regarding the disposal of such garbage.

According to Laura Everington at Universal Weather & Aviation, regardless of the point of entry into the U.S., federal regulations require disposal of these items in special bags and handling by USDA-approved services or individuals for subsequent incineration.

December 15, 2006 - 11:26am

The effective date has been delayed to March 1 for the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) interim rule that eliminates the exemption from inspections for fruits and vegetables imported from Canada and implements inspection fees for commercial aircraft (including on-demand charter aircraft) flying from Canada to the U.S. The rule was set to go into effect last Friday, November 24.

November 22, 2006 - 4:28am

Aphis, the U.S.

November 15, 2006 - 4:26am

Aphis, the U.S.

October 9, 2006 - 2:16pm

Aphis, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will eliminate the exemption from inspection requirements and fees for commercial aircraft flying from Canada to the U.S. The rule takes effect November 24. So Fifi and the family ficus will again become the focus of government agents and subject to a $70.25 user fee for aircraft crossing the U.S./Canada border, as well as a $5-per-passenger fee.